Case Studies

See how our economic development teams have partnered with others to help foster business and community.

Costco Depot - Aurora, Colorado

Costco has purchased approximately 74 acres within Xcel Energy’s Certified Site, Porteos (external link), to build a large depot just a few miles south of Denver International Airport’s main terminal.  The new refrigerated depot will be 330,000 square feet initially, employing 140 people to start and will grow to 590,000 square feet in Phase II of development, adding more warehouse space and employees.  The Porteos 1,287-acre Certified Site has seen immense activity in the last few years – in addition to Costco, Kärcher North America, Walmart, JAG Logistics Center and Ryder have all acquired land within the site for industrial development.  Click here (external link) for more details.

Kärcher North America – Aurora, Colorado

Kärcher North America, a US subsidiary of German parent company Kärcher, the family-owned world-leading provider of efficient, resource-conserving cleaning systems, announced in November 2018 that it would be moving its North American headquarters and manufacturing hub to Aurora, Colorado, in Adams County. Kärcher partnered with Aurora Economic Development Council (AEDC) and Xcel Energy to find and secure a 23-acre site for the new 380,000 square foot facility within Xcel Energy’s Porteos Certified Site near Denver International Airport (DEN). In total, the new North American headquarters will house about 350 jobs and be a $50 million capital investment in the City of Aurora. The new headquarters will also serve as Kärcher’s main training facility, bringing in visitors from across the globe.

Update as of 8/25/2020: Kärcher completed construction on their new North American headquarters in early July of this year.

Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits and Safilo - Aurora, Colorado

Two companies recently purchased parcels within Xcel Energy’s Certified Site Prologis Park 70 located in Aurora, Colorado.  Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits (external link), the premier beverage distributor for world-class wines and leading spirit brands, acquired 26 acres for a 350,000 square foot distribution facility.  Their new facility is estimated to generate 400 jobs and $45 million in capital investment.  Additionally, Safilo, an Italian manufacturer of eyewear, purchased 29 acres to build a 310,000 square foot distribution facility, with potential for manufacturing operations in the future.  This new facility is estimated to create 200 jobs and $10 million in capital investment.

Andersen Corporation - Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Andersen Corporation broke ground on their $35 million expansion of Renewal by Andersen manufacturing campus in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, which is one of Xcel Energy’s many Certified Sites it has across its eight-state service territory.  The expansion will include a 350,000 square foot Value Add Center to accommodate manufacturing, warehouse and office space.  Andersen plans to create at least 125 new jobs to support growing demand for products made by Renewal by Andersen.  Click here (external link) for the full project announcement.

Northern Metals - Becker, Minnesota

On July 16, 2018, Northern Metals Recycling (NMR) celebrated the groundbreaking of their new 75- acre site in Becker, Minnesota. This project is planned to bring up to 180 jobs and $40M in capital investment to the City of Becker.  In October 2015, after discussions with NMR, Xcel Energy and the City of Becker initiated discussions regarding the potential relocation and expansion of NMR's shredding operations. As a result of these efforts, 75 acres of the Sherco 1 Certified Site, owned by Xcel Energy, was selected by NMR for the site of its new facilities. One of the driving interests of NMR's relocation and expansion of its shredding operations into Becker was the access to rail. Xcel Energy planned ways to provide NMR with the rail access needed, as well as conducted meetings with neighboring businesses to inform and educate them about the potential project to garner support. Additionally, Xcel Energy worked closely with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to ensure that the location would not negatively impact current and future plant operations

SSI Foods - Amarillo, Texas

SSI Foods, LLC, will build a 75,000 square foot meat processing facility on a 17.1 acre parcel in the CenterPort Business Park in Amarillo, Texas. The new facility will employ up to 150 fulltime employees, and SSI Foods will have the option to acquire an additional 15 acres at the Park for future expansion needs. “It has been a pleasure to work with the Amarillo EDC on the selection of Amarillo as the site for our new production facility…We are proud we can now call Amarillo home,” said Kirk Smith, President and CEO of SSI Foods. The 180-acre CenterPort Business Park was certified by Xcel Energy in 2017. Click here (external link) for the project announcement.

DHL - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

In October 2019, German-based global logistics company, DHL Real Estate Solutions, broke ground to construct a $6.8M, 124,000 square foot warehouse facility project within the Lake Wissota Business Park (LWBP). The LWBP is one of six of Xcel Energy’s Certified Sites in Wisconsin. “We needed a location that could be underway within 180 days – the LWBP’s Xcel Energy certified status helped us meet that accelerated timeline in Chippewa Falls,” said Kelli Saunders, DHL senior director of tax incentives and site selection. Click here (external link) for the project announcement.